Downtown Washington D.C., DC

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Downtown Washington D.C. showing street scenes, a city and night scenes
Art galleries, museums and theaters as well as vibrant entertainment, nightlife and shopping districts await in this city center neighborhood.

Downtown Washington D.C. is an urban city center neighborhood where people live, play and work. It’s a clean, safe and walkable area with wide avenues and tree-lined pavements. In Downtown Washington D.C. you’ll discover some of the city’s best galleries and museums, eclectic restaurants and bustling nightlife. Watch sporting events, attend star-studded concerts and relax in leafy parks.

Art and history enthusiasts are spoiled for choice in Downtown Washington D.C. Retrace the history of American architecture, design and urban planning at the National Building Museum. Interact with the hands-on displays and inspect the photography exhibitions at the National Geographic Museum. Visit the galleries of the National Archives Museum and see a celebration of women’s art at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Find more museums in the Penn Quarter, including the International Spy Museum and Marian Koshland Science Museum. Admire presidential portraits at the National Portrait Gallery and a showcase of national art at Smithsonian American Art Museum. Catch a performance at the Ford’s Theater and Shakespeare Theatre Company or spot celebrity waxwork models at Madame Tussaud’s Washington D.C. Watch concerts by famous acts or basketball and ice hockey matches at the Verizon Center.

Stroll through Chinatown, where Asian shops and restaurants share the streets with lively pubs and nightclubs. Check out the Friendship Archway, a Chinese gateway decorated with a multi-tiered roof and around 270 painted dragons.

Go to Lafayette Square, from where you can catch a glimpse of the iconic White House. Like nearby Farragut Square, Franklin Square and McPherson Square, it’s a great place to sit and watch the world go by.

Downtown Washington D.C. is served by six metro stations, which provide access to the city’s five Metrorail lines. It’s also one of the city’s most bike-friendly neighborhoods.

Visit the official websites of the Downtown Washington D.C.’s galleries and museums for admission fees, opening times and event schedules.


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Hotel Harrington
Hotel Harrington
3 out of 5
436 11th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20004
The price is $155 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 18
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the overall value in our reviews. ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,708 reviews)
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Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Washington Plaza
Washington Plaza
4 out of 5
10 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC, 20005
Fully refundable
The price is $159 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the bar in our ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,968 reviews)
Visiting for business
"Nice location for walking to main sights of dc as well as a number of good restaurants and convenience stores close by. Metro to airport close by. Room was comfortable enough, but tv remote was a pain (nit a big deal as i dont watch tv much). Clean."

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

Hotel Washington
Hotel Washington
4.5 out of 5
515 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20004
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $279 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (677 reviews)
"The W is always a great place to stay. Close to the Mall, great restaurants, and the rooftop bar has a view like no other."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

Yours Truly DC
Yours Truly DC
4.5 out of 5
1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20037
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $233 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (720 reviews)
"Love this place, hereon a return trip."

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2022

Club Quarters Hotel in Washington DC
Club Quarters Hotel in Washington DC
2.5 out of 5
839 17th St NW, Washington, DC, 20006
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $198 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,090 reviews)
"Great location. The best coffee. On a negative note, bathrooms are a bit old and mind had a terrible smell."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2022

Hamilton Hotel Washington DC
Hamilton Hotel Washington DC
4 out of 5
1001 14th St NW, Washington, DC, 20005
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $194 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Washington. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,173 reviews)
"An amazing stay as always Great and friendly staff, awesome food at the restaurant and gorgeous and clean room. Perfect."

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2022

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